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Date:      Mon, 24 Mar 2008 23:16:42 +1100
From:      Norberto Meijome <>
To:        User Questions <>
Subject:   Re: Replacing Windows with FreeBSD (was: my brother is making me  learn FreeBSD...)
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On Thu, 20 Mar 2008 18:16:35 +0800 (HKT)
"Gelsema, P \(Patrick\)" <> wrote:

> I do agree that microsoft has the benefit of everything together where you
> will have to install port and port and package to end up with the same
> result.

the problem is that you get 'everything together'  for all values of
'everything' that the MS teams in Redmond came up with. If you need something
slightly different, you either change your requirements, add other software
(MS upgrade , MS-other-product or added value tool from 3rd party) for $$ or
have to contract to a MS solution provider for a fix.

I've been working with OSS for over 13 years and I still haven't come across
something that I couldn't put together with OSS...maybe I am not original
enough..who knows. 

Windows AD , policies,etc are being handled, AFAIK, by current versions of
Samba.I think they are even looking into implementing WMI.

And dont forget WINE as well :)

Nevertheless, you should use whichever tool best solves your problem. It may be
MS, no worries. It may be open source, great. It may be FreeBSD, even better :)


{Beto|Norberto|Numard} Meijome

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